Place to Place
Exhibit: 17 February - 15 April 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, 17 February 2017 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART is pleased to present Place to Place, an exhibition of recent paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by San Antonio-based artist Larry Graeber.
Each of Larry Graeber’s works is a resolution of two competing tendencies—an intuitively curious exploration of materials and a deliberate approach to composition. As a result, the works on view in Place to Place are both individual environments and related instances of the artist’s approach. Graeber’s works steadily weave between subjective depictions and pure abstraction.
Heavily influenced by architecture and design, Graeber’s compositions can be described as improvisations within a set structure. He references the art-historical traditions of formal abstraction while maintaining an informal approach to material treatment. Taking clues from Constructivism, Graeber's paintings, sculptures, and works on paper remain sincere to their materials. Referencing our contemporary digital age, his works are often reworked—layering over one impulse with another.
Larry Graeber lives and works in San Antonio. He attended Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State University) and audited many fine art studio courses in San Antonio, but is otherwise self-taught. Graeber’s work is included in many public and private collections. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1971, including the inaugural exhibition at Blue Star Art, Contemporary Art for San Antonio, in 1986. He is included in Texas Abstract, Modern/Contemporary, a historical survey of the abstract movement in Texas by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by art critic and curator Chad Dawkins.